Key Al-Shabaab leader captured by Somali forces

Local government forces on Saturday in Somalia captured top commander of the militant group Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab intelligence chief, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was captured in a house in an area near El Wak. Hersi was a close associate of the extremist group’s leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was later killed in a U.S. airstrike near Barawe in September. Hersi had a $3 million bounty on him offered by the Obama administration, who offered a total of $33m in rewards for information leading to their capture in 2012.

Despite major setbacks in 2014, al-Shabaab remains a threat in Somalia and the east African region. The group has carried out many terror attacks in Somalia and some in neighboring countries including Kenya, whose armies are part of the African Union troops bolstering Somalia’s weak United Nations-backed government. According to BBC, police stormed a house Hersi was hiding in for the past week. There has been no immediate comment from al-Shabab. The capture comes after militants with the group, which is linked to al Qaeda, attacked a large African Union base in Mogadishu on Thursday, ….READ MORE…


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